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Scarlett Johansson breaks ties with Oxfam
Scarlett Johansson has stepped down as an Ambassador for Oxfam because of her new relationship with SodaStream, a company which operates in the illegal settlement Ma’ale Adumim, in the Occupied West Bank.
Scarlett Johansson and Oxfam faced immense pressure from the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign who demanded that Scarlett Johansson cut her ties with SodaStream, or Oxfam cut their ties with Scarlett Johansson. Read more>
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Director of Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Sarah Colborne, said: “Scarlett Johansson’s decision to represent SodaStream clearly violated Oxfam’s policy of supporting human rights and justice. By choosing to represent a company that operates in an illegal settlement on stolen Palestinian land, she has already suffered major reputational damage. And by prioritising SodaStream over Oxfam, she has decided to profit from occupation, rather than challenge global poverty.
We thank all our supporters who made it clear to Oxfam that they needed to break from Scarlett Johansson. And we thank Oxfam for supporting the rights of Palestinians. 
Oxfam have issued a statement saying that “Ms. Johansson’s role promoting the company SodaStream is incompatible with her role as an Oxfam Global Ambassador.”
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PSC tell BBC, ‘Don’t do deal with G4S’
Over 2000 BBC viewers and listeners have contacted the BBC to urge it not to award G4S with a security contract worth £80 million. PSC’s tweets urging the BBC not to award G4S the contract were shared hundreds of times.

G4S services Israeli prisons to which Palestinian prisoners are illegally transferred in serious violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention and also, in the case of child prisoners, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.


There is credible evidence that Palestinian prisoners – including children – are routinely subjected to violence and torture at G4S serviced prisons in Israel and Palestine.

Sarah Colborne, Director of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, said:
G4S is well aware of the controversy that surrounds its involvement in Israeli prisons. Shareholders at G4S’ last AGM ensured that the CEO and board were aware that the torture of children is ‘absolutely prohibited’ under international law and yet is documented as taking place at Al Jalame prison in Israel.
For the BBC to associate itself with such a company would be deeply damaging to the BBC’s reputation. BBC viewers and listeners are telling Tony Hall, the BBC’s Director General, not to allow the money they pay in licence fees to be used in this way.’
PSC’s annual general meeting was hugely successful, passing important policies to counter Israeli racism and to increase PSC’s effectiveness. All PSC members have a say in PSC policy.
You can also read the PSC’s elected Secretary’s summary of last year’s successes.
PSC AGM panel – credit Neil Kirtlan
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